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MakerBot Digital Store | Cool Classroom Downloads

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Models made for learning
Looking for new and exciting ways to use your MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer in the classroom and beyond? The MakerBot Digital Store has the answer. We’re proud to announce the release of a series of new collections, designed with educators and students in mind and featuring one FREE download per collection.

Structures of Government
This architectural arrangement of MakerBot-designed models is a hands-on exploration of the three branches of American government. Get to know these halls of power on a whole new level when you download and print models of the White House, the Capitol, and the Supreme Court.

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Challenges, events, and more
We’ll be releasing more engaging educational downloads throughout the fall, all paired with relevant Thingiverse Challenges and events at MakerBot Retail Stores. Don’t miss your chance to win great prizes and grab more free downloads from MakerBot.

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#WeeklyMake | Set Your Table in Style

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FORMA – Napkin Ring by SimplusDesign | Thingiverse.com | 190923

Sebastian Misiurek and Arianna Lebed are the duo behind SimplusDesign, a studio based in Brooklyn, NY that specializes in 3D printable home goods. Their elegant napkin rings have a fascinatingly faceted geometric pattern, and will make an eye-catching addition to any dinner party.

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NOW PUT A RING ON IT
Once you’ve 3D printed your set of napkin rings on your MakerBot Replicator Mini, make them the centerpiece at your next big occasion — be it a dinner party, baby shower, potluck, or picnic. Share photos of your rings in action on Twitter or Instagram, with the tags #WeeklyMake and #NapkinParty.

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MakerBot Digital Store | Zee Likes to Party

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If you’re a frequent reader, you may recall that we recently introduced Zee, the MakerBot Blank, a 3D printable DIY figure inspired by Japanese vinyl toy culture and the charming, rotund design of the MakerBot Around Town collection.

To launch Zee, we asked artists from all over the world to custom decorate their own and we captured their creations in a commemorative publication, The Zee Issue. Then, we threw a party in true MakerBot style.

Launch Event at the MakerBot Retail Store
On a Thursday night in August, artists, innovators, and collectible figure enthusiasts gathered at the MakerBot Retail Store on Mulberry Street in New York. Guests were treated to a display of featured artwork from The Zee Issue and also had the chance to hand-paint Zee figurines, including this super-sized Zee centerpiece.

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See more of their creations and pics from the party.

Like What You Zee?
You can purchase Zee from the MakerBot Digital Store and 3D print it for yourself at home. Don’t own a MakerBot 3D Printer? Stop by the MakerBot Retail Store and scoop up a Zee Starter Kit, which comes with a 3D printed Zee figurine and a set of 10 POSCA acrylic paint markers. Either way, don’t forget to share your creations with us by on Twitter and Instagram with the tag #MakerBotBlank.

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#WeeklyMake | Introducing Mysterabbit

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Artist Ji Lee and his team created Mysterabbit to break people out of their daily routines and help them recognize the beauty of everyday life. As part of the project, he enlists volunteers to place his tiny 3D printed meditating rabbit sculptures in unexpected locations.

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NOW IT’S YOUR TURN
Once you’ve 3D printed a Mysterabbit on your MakerBot Replicator Mini, capture a photo of your print in an unexpected location, and share your photos with everyone on Twitter or Instagram with the tags #WeeklyMake and #Mysterabbit.

To see more photos documenting Mysterabbit’s worldwide travels, visit the project’s website.

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MakerBot Innovator Sessions | Leon Reid IV 3D Print Poetry

 

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Last Thursday night, the MakerBot Retail Store in New York City was transformed into Gotham’s hottest art gallery with the help of Brooklyn-based artist Leon Reid IV. Widely seen as a pioneer of 21st century street art, Leon Reid IV started exploring 3D printing as a means of poetic expression, and has created “Leon Reid IV 3D Print Poetry” as a way to bring his poetry into the physical world.

At the event, Leon Reid IV discussed 3D Print Poetry while art lovers, members of the press, and 3D printing enthusiasts watched his works come to life in real time on two rows of MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printers.

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Printed on a thin layer of glass, each piece is signed with the artist’s fingerprint and sold as a collection of 10. In addition to the six pieces currently showcasing at the MakerBot Retail Store, Leon Reid IV’s work is for sale at Mighty Tanaka Art Gallery, located at 111 Front St., Suite 224 in Brooklyn, NY.

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All photos by Becki Fuller.

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#WeeklyMake | Stretch Your Style

#WeeklyMake Stretchy Bracelet

Thingiverse super user Emmett Lalish has designed lots of amazing 3D objects, from his beloved Screwless Heart Gears to his masterpiece Automatic Transmission Model.

However, none of Emmett’s models have yet to rival the fame and ubiquity of his Stretchy Bracelet, this week’s #WeeklyMake. The simple yet elegant design prints quickly and reliably and is great fun to wear.

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Make a fashion statement with this week’s photo challenge
Print as many Stretchy Bracelets in as many colors of MakerBot PLA Filament as you’d like (for a challenge, try printing one bracelet in multiple colors).

Then, mix and match your bracelets, add other accessories if you’re in the mood, and show off your maker style in a creative photo.

Don’t forget to share your photos with us (@MakerBot) on Twitter and Instagram with the tag #WeeklyMake.

Let your stretchiest ideas fly!

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MakerBot Academy | Help Propel Learning for Middle Schoolers

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Since we launched MakerBot Academy, our education initiative to put a MakerBot Desktop 3D Printer in every school in America, we’ve been keeping track of all the MakerBot projects going up on DonorsChoose.org.

One in particular caught our eye this month.

Meet Daniel Mills, a technology and engineering teacher at Madison Middle School in Tampa, Florida who uses aerospace-themed projects to give students examples of engineering in action. Mills’s students design everything from rocket nose cones to airplane wings.

Now, he’s raising the funds for a MakerBot 3D Printer on DonorsChoose.org so students can bring their designs to life.

Visit and Donate to Mr. Mill’s DonorsChoose Campaign.

Having a MakerBot 3D Printer could enhance projects like their Underwater ROV’s (Remotely Operated Vehicles), which rely on numerous specialty parts like propeller blades typically found only in hobby stores. 3D printing their own propeller designs will give students a more direct experience with engineering design and a deeper understanding of how propulsion works.

“Creating proper blades that will provide the maximum driving force helps students understand drag, thrust, aerodynamics, and design,” explains Mills.

Besides opening up new avenues for learning, he also hopes 3D printing will lower materials costs and open the doors for more students to experience engineering first hand. “Our program is free to join, but being at a Title 1 school means that not all of our students’ parents can afford to buy materials for projects.”

With lower material costs and a classroom of highly engaged students, Mr. Mills’s class could do some extraordinary things with a MakerBot Academy Bundle.

Visit the MakerBot Academy section of DonorsChoose.org to support more teachers like Mr. Mills.

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MakerBot | Fraemes, The Latest MakerBot-Ready App  

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In June, we unveiled the MakerBot Developer Program. It’s designed to give innovative developers tools to create MakerBot-Ready Apps that integrate with the MakerBot 3D Ecosystem. Our first partner app, Modio, lets users design 3D printable creatures like scorpions, ninjas, and dinosaur-skinned robots. Now, we’re ready to introduce our next developer partnership.

Meet Fraemes, creators of beautifully designed, 3D printable iPhone cases.

Personalize and 3D Print Your Next Phone Cover
To create your own iPhone cover using templates created by up-and-coming designers, visit the Fraemes web app, select a design, personalize it with text and shapes, and purchase a rubber bumper to hold your 3D printed insert in place.

Design Now and Print Later
Since Fraemes is a MakerBot-Ready App, integrated with the MakerBot 3D Ecosystem, you can download your design directly to your MakerBot Cloud Library. The moment you’re ready to print your Fraeme, it will be waiting for you in MakerBot Desktop.

Buy Fraemes at Any MakerBot Retail Store
Don’t own a MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer yet? Don’t worry: you can buy Fraemes at a MakerBot Retail Store near you. Select from different designs, personalize your design, and have a MakerBot Operator bring it to life using our MakerBot In-Store 3D Print Services. Fraemes’ rubber bumpers will also be available for in-store purchase.

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MakerBot Digital Store | Sesame Street Nostalgia Sweepstakes

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We’ve been celebrating the 45th anniversary season of Sesame Street in nostalgic style by featuring seldom seen (but certainly not forgotten!) Sesame Street favorites in the MakerBot Digital Store.

Still Furry After All These Years 
We wanted our first Sesame Street collection to be memorable, so we searched for characters that no longer appear regularly on the show but have remained fan favorites. We know that just because you can’t find these cherished characters in a department store doesn’t mean you love them any less. This collection is dedicated to true Sesame Street fans like you.

A New Model Every Week
Each Tuesday for the past few weeks, we’ve shared a treasured friend to download and print. We’re excited for the premiere of Sesame Street’s 45th season on September 15, 2014.

Download and print a Honker today.

Enter for a Chance to Win a GIANT 3D Print
You’ll have an opportunity to win a print of that week’s character, printed in the massive build volume of a MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer.

After four Tuesdays, the last winner will be selected on Monday, September 15 to celebrate the 45th season of Sesame Street.

Be sure to carefully read the Official Rules at the bottom of this post.

This Week’s Prize: A Giant Honker Print
–Reply to our question directly on Twitter, Instagram, or this blog with a relevant answer.
–We’ll randomly select a winner after 24 hours and announce it on Twitter on Friday.
–If you don’t win this week, don’t worry! Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, or check back on this blog post for next week’s question.

QUESTION: What would a Honker print on a #MakerBot?

Read the Official Rules.

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MakerBot Filament | Introducing the Naturals Collection

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Make 3D models like these elaborate piggy banks from the MakerBot Digital Store using nature’s own color palette with the new Naturals Collection. Get back to the basics with three new earthy colors of MakerBot PLA Filament:

Click a Color, Any Color!

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These new colors have a variety of applications, making them a welcome addition to our myriad of MakerBot PLA Filament colors.

Give Your Models a Uniquely Organic Look
Make your models come alive, whether you’re designing trees, animals, or other natural structures. MakerBot Studio Director, Lane Feuer, who’s always in need of lively colors, can’t get enough of the Naturals Collection. “These new PLA colors are great for modeling all kinds of organic designs, from tree trunks to Teddy bears,” said Feuer.

Architects, Start Your Printers
We’ve heard from a lot of architects who want to show how materials like wood might look in a finished structure. The Naturals Collection’s brown hues give architects the flexibility they need to represent a greater range of natural materials in their prototypes.

A MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer’s Best Friend
MakerBot PLA Filament is the best and most consistent filament designed for MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers. Our high quality-control standards and state-of-the-art filament manufacturing processes ensure that MakerBot PLA Filament will produce higher-quality prints, reduce filament problems, and minimize downtime.

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